More Equestrian Leaders Signed On to Speak at Canadian Women’s Horse Industry Conference

The Canadian Women’s Horse Industry has announced more speakers for their conference March 4-5, 2011 in Toronto. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel and is open to all equine professionals. Equine Wellness Magazine is a sponsor of the event participating as the official Platinum Media Sponsor.

The BUSINESS OF HORSES panel on March 4, 2011 has added Melanie Prosser, the REACH Huron – Director, Program Services. Prosser has a lifetime’s involvement in the horse industry starting from age five. Her experience includes working in the Standardbred industry on broodmare farms and at Yearling Sales, and making training videos for educational courses with the University of Guelph. Melanie was a faculty member at Fairview College, in northern Alberta (now a N.A.I.T. campus). She owned and operated her own business, Fieldstones Equestrian Centre, providing lessons, boarding and training, as well as riding lessons and classroom teaching to working students, in addition to operating a tack store at her facility.  Upon her return to Ontario she accepted the position of Program Manager for the Office of Open Learning at the University of Guelph. Her portfolio included the award winning Equine Science Certificate online program. She helped develop the online Equine Science Diploma and the Equine Business Management Certificate. Melanie was a course developer and instructor for some of the courses, most notably the Equine Business Management course. Currently Melanie is working for the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron Inc. (REACH Huron) as the Director, Program Services where she is developing a wide variety of courses, programs and clinics for the horse industry and local community. She is also the Lead Instructor for the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Performance Horse Handler Certificate which is delivered at REACH Huron.

David Delagran of Beard Winter, LLP has signed on to participate on the BUSINESS SAVVY panel on March 4, 2011. David is a lawyer practising civil litigation in Toronto. He has appeared and argued cases before all levels of court in Ontario and has extensive trial and appellate court experience. He maintains a diversified litigation practice which includes contract, tort, insurance and estates cases.  In addition to representing corporate clients, David has acted for horse owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys – and their insurers – in a broad variety of cases involving tort liability for racehorses, disputes over horse purchase agreements and other litigious aspects of equine law.

Dr. Nathalie Coté DMV, DVSc, Dipl ACVS will be one of the speakers on the BETTER HORSE HEALTH panel on March 4, 2011. Dr. Coté graduated from the University of Montreal in 1988. She then completed her residency in large animal surgery at the University of Guelph in 1993, obtaining diplomate status in 1997. She was a faculty surgeon at Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph until 2003 when she decided to join private practice. In 2006, Dr. Coté opened her own practice with Dr. Marc Desjardins in Campbellville. Nathalie continues to be involved in lecturing and teaches V-STEP, a program that trains foreign veterinarians.

In addition to speakers and panel discussions, the event will also have exhibits from individuals and companies offering a wide variety of products and services. For more information on the conference or the Canadian chapter, please visit or call Lucie Burdon-Sereda, Toronto Chapter Director at 519-355-4922 or e-mail web site J’Equine Sport.

The Women’s Horse Industry Association is the largest business networking group in the world for women working in the equestrian industry. The Canadian Conference is being held to bring in more members from Canada and to give them the information and the contacts they need to become more successful.

For information on the WHIA Global, please visit Women’s Horse Industry or call 615-730-7833.

For more information on Equine Wellness Magazine, please visit Equine Wellness Magazine or call John Allan at 705-741-0817 X405.

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